Matt Bonner's Sandwich Hunter: Jan. 12, 2010 - New York

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Entry #9 - Carnegie Deli: New York City
by Matt Bonner

The Big Apple is filled with many historic landmarks. Times Square, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Central Park, Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Empire State Building… and the names go on and on. Included on this long list is the most famous sandwich shop in the world: Carnegie Deli.

Carnegie Deli is the quintessential "New York Deli". They are most well known for their gigantic pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. I've seen them featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel numerous times so I was really excited to see what all the hype was about. To me, Carnegie Deli is the Fenway Park of sandwich shops…

We got in from Milwaukee the night before at around 4:00 AM. Despite the late arrival, I woke up and met my mom, dad, brother, and several other friends in the hotel lobby to make the trek over to the deli. While making the 5 block jaunt, I quickly realized that 5 blocks in Manhattan is a lot further than the 5 blocks I walked in Milwaukee to get to Jimmy John's.

It was nice to be out in public with my brother, Luke. When walking around, due to my height, it is quite common for people to stare at me or ask how tall I am. But Luke is 7 feet tall. So when we're together, all that attention gets deflected to him.

The holiday weekend meant that the sidewalks were packed with pedestrians. I was getting a bad feeling that their might be a bit of a waiting list whenever we reached our destination. Sure enough, as we approached, we could see the line stretching out of the deli and halfway down the block. 

We were meeting Gary Lee and his girlfriend Marilyn. Gary is the father of my University of Florida teammate and current New York Knick David Lee. Whenever he gets together with my dad it means one thing… trouble. I'm talking zingers left and right.

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